Growing up I had few outdoor-adventure experiences- my first time properly camping was when I was in the infantry of the United States Marines. My military experiences left me with a wanting to pursue more adventures outdoors as well as travel, causing me to go on backpacking trips while attending university and looking for ways to get more technical training. This resulted in a late transfer to SUNY Plattsburgh’s Expeditionary Studies program in upstate New York. While I had the intention to become a climber and mountaineer, I was sucked into paddling during my first experience of real dynamic water on Maine’s coast during a stormy October day and ended up doing my primary concentration in paddlesports.
This year alone I’ve been extremely fortunate to have sea paddled in a wide variety of environments including: the famed “Bitches” tiderace and Ramsey Sound in Wales; the west coast of Scotland and part of its more remote isles, the Outer Hebrides; and most recently, surfing waves on the Pacific coast of Baja California as well as exploring all of the islands in Parque Nacional Bahía de Loreto. I’m a current British Canoeing Level 1 Paddlesports Instructor and hold a 4-Star Sea Leader Award. I love dynamic water, especially good surf and tide races.
I first heard about TRAK while attending SUNY Plattsburgh’s Expeditionary Studies program. Its combination of true sea-worthiness and realistic ability to be traveled with on airplanes immediately caught my attention. Renting boats for expeditions is expensive and for many places I’m interested in paddling a both financially and logistically reasonable option just doesn’t exist at all. Garrett Bavosa and I had been planning our trip to Baja at the time and reached out to TRAK for support. Thankfully they came through and over the course of the better part of the year we worked out the logistics, did the expedition, and then finished as TRAK Pilots. The surf-portion of trip was recently featured in an article in Ocean Paddler #62. The TRAK’s performance in the powerful waves of the Pacific has inspired a good deal of confidence in me and I plan to keep paddling the boat in many more trips this coming year.
TRAK Pilot "authored" pieces: Get Ted & team's Baja Seven Sisters Field Guide
Get the whole story: Ted's blog about the Baja Surf Brigade
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